Luxury cruise ship not booked for Uhuru, says Sports ministry
The inquiry into the Rio Olympics mismanagement intensified after the Sports ministry dismissed claims by Nock that Sh2.2 million was paid for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s unused accommodation on a luxury cruise ship.
CS Hassan Wario (pictured) and his PS Richard Ekai yesterday told the Senate Labour and Social Welfare Committee, “At no time did the ministry request or book for the accommodation of his Excellency the President.”
Nock president Kipchoge Keino, Rio Chief de Mission Stephen Soi and other officials told the National Assembly Labour committee on Tuesday Wario instructed payment of Sh2.2 million for Kenyatta’s accommodation on Cruise Ship.
But Ekai said Nock officials were in charge of accommodation and the ministry only funded them to book rooms.
“We have the list from the Rio organising committee in which hotels are listed for the so-called international dignitaries, the president being the president of Nock not the President of Kenya,” he said.
The PS told the committee chaired by Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo his ministry disbursed Sh12 million to Nock to cater for its members and government officials’ accommodation.
The ministry also dismissed Keino-led team’s assertion that Sh2.6 million was spent on unoccupied rooms on the cruise ship for the National Assembly and Senate Labour committee chairmen.